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Last Updated: Monday, 10 May, 2004, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Herbert triumphs in Monza
Audi UK's Johnny Herbert
Herbert is eyeing a second Le Mans 24-hour triumph
Johnny Herbert stayed on course to take two titles this year after winning the Le Mans Endurance Series race at Monza.

Herbert and Jamie Davies beat fellow Audi UK drivers Allan McNish and Pierre Kaffer by just 0.633 seconds to extend their lead in the LMES championship.

The Essex driver has now set his sights on victory in the Le Mans 24-hour race next month, having won it in 1991.

"Victory was important for our title hopes. Team morale will be high heading to Le Mans, which is vital," he said.

With further LMES races to come at Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring, Herbert is confident his team can extend their current run of form.

"The team have done a lot of hard work in testing at Paul Ricard and at Le Mans and it's paying off with a one-two finish at Monza," he said.

McNish lost out in one of the closest finishes in sportscar racing history, but the Scot took heart from his runner's-up spot.

"The closing stages were exciting - I was pushing hard and another lap would have been mighty interesting," he said.

"We've got points on the board in terms of the championship which was important and sets us up nicely for Le Mans."




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